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Annapurna Base Camp 12 Days

Group Size:

Min. 2 People

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

4,130m / 13,550ft

Starts At:

kathmandu

Ends At:

Pokhara

Outline Itinerary

Upon reaching the base camp you will be surrounded 360 degrees with giant snow-capped mountains. The principal peaks of the western portion of the Annapurna range including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre arranged around you almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter, with a deep glacier gorge at the center, across which you can see the spectacularly beautiful giant Annapurna I. You find yourself mesmerized right in the middle of this natural amphitheater, especially at sunrise when the rising sun casts a red glow on the mountain tops.

This trek offers you fantastic views of high mountains, landscapes of terraced fields and rhododendron forests, following the valley of the river Modi all the way to its source. You can witness the birth of river Modi – melting out of glaciers on the side of the mountain slopes, before it disappears under another glacier, to resurface as a true rapid mountain river just at the entrance to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

This is one of the best close encounters with the Himalayas within a short period of time and a moderate trekking experience which can be enjoyed and managed by most people with average fitness level. You’ll explore the heart of the Annapurnas as you trek into the Annapurna Base Camp, it truly is the most spectacular spot for dramatic high mountain views, which you will never forget. On the way we also pass through several traditional Gurung villages like Landruk, Chhomrong and Ghandruk so we can get a peek at the traditional settlements and witness a different way of life among Nepal’s hills and mountains.

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m): Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you'll be meeting your guide for the trek

Day 02 Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m): After the breakfast we will be heading to Pokhara by private transport which takes around 6-7 hours. On the way we would be seeing the beautiful view of the Trishuli River which is flowing side by side throughout the most of our way to Pokhara. We even get to witness the people doing rafting in Trishuli river. 

Day 03 Pokhara – Kande (1720m) – Tolka (1700m): Today is the first day of our trekking and we start our journey by private transport vehicle to Kande. Then we start trekking to Tolka. After walking around 3 hours up hill and around 2 hours downhill we reach our destination i.e.Tolka. Our trekking is all the way through the forest and we get to see the beautiful view of mountains (Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Macchapuchre, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Dhaulagiri and so on) and nature throughout the trek.

Day 04 Tolka – Chomrong (2170m): As usual we start our trek after breakfast to our next destination and today’s destination will be Chomrong. It takes around 5-6 hours going up and down hill all the way through rivers, bridges, streams, springs, local villages etc. Passing the places like Landruk, Jhinu dada which are themselves one of the famous tourism destination we reach Chomrong. From Chomrong Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Fishtail seems very close.

Day 05 Chomrong – Dovan (2600m): Today we actually enter the valley of the ABC. It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Dovan by walking equally up and down hill and through the forests. As the altitude increases the view of the mountains seems more pleasant and beautiful. 

Day 06 Dovan – Deaurali (3230m): As altitude continues to rises we start walking quite slower than usual so we stay at Deaurali which takes around 4-5 hours with all the way through forests. There is more probability of seeing the snow from today. 

Day 07 Deaurali – MBC (3800m) – ABC (4130m): As we approach closer and closer to the mountains it starts getting colder. On the way to ABC we first reach MBC which takes around 3 hours and further 2hours to ABC. We will be surrounded by mountains from all sides and the density of the vegetations and plants will be thinner and thinner. It is the best and one of the nearest view point of the mountains(Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna II and III and much more). 

Day 08 ABC – MBC – Bamboo (2310m): We will be waking early in the morning to see the pleasing view sun rise through the mountain ranges. And after the breakfast we start our trek down to Bamboo through same way back down hill leaving MBC behind. Overnight in Bamboo. 

Day 09 Bamboo – Jhinu danda (Hot Spring, 1780m): After the breakfast we start our trek down to Jhinu danda through stones steps most of the time. We will be at Chomrong one more time while we trek down to Jhinu danda. As soon as we reach Jhinu danda we will be going to hot spring to become fresh and relax for sometimes. 

Day 10 Jhinu danda – Nayapul – Pokhara (830m): After the breakfast we start our trek down to Nayapul which takes around 5-6 hours following the Modi River all the way down to Nayapul with several villages on the way. When we arrive Nayapul we go to Pokhara by 1 hour drive. 

Day 11 Pokhara – Kathmandu (1330m): Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We can prefer to go by private transport (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day 12 Kathmandu, Departure: After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport.

Cost Include

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist coach (7 hr journey, lunch included)
  • All necessary transportation during the trek
  • 2 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
  • 10 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in teahouses during the trek
  • 3 meals a day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner from teahouse menu)
  • Healthy snacks that we carry with us - fresh fruit, nuts, cheese, dried fruit, oat biscuits etc.
  • An experienced English speaking Yoga Teacher
  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • All staff's insurance, meals, salary & accommodation
  • Yoga Mats (to be returned after the trek)
  • Meditation Blanket (can be purchased or returned after the trek)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Souvenir sunhat
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Pokhara
  • All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International or domestic airfare
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Main meals during your stay in Pokhara & Kathmandu
  • Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Personal travel equipment and medical supplies (sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired)
  • Airport's pickup and drop transportation
  • Return bus ticket to Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses on the trek (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge fee, extra porters, bottle water or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Any cost arisen due to circumstances outside of our control like landslide, road blockage, political disturbance, strike, guest sickness, natural disaster etc.
  • Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Extra accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure or early return from the trekking trail than the scheduled itinerary due to any reason
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost
  • Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters

Trekking Equipment Checklist

TREKKING DAY CLOTHES
Two long sleeve tops
Two T-shirts
One pair trekking shorts
Two pairs full length trekking trousers
Trekking shoes / boots (should be well broken in before the trek)
Down jacket (-10 to -20 degrees)
Rain poncho
Inner thermals set
One small backpack / day pack (around 20 to 30 lt)
5 pairs of socks
Thermal or sports underwear

TREKKING EVENING CLOTHES
Two long sleeve tops
Two T-shirts
One pair of trousers or pants
One pair of warm sleeping clothes
One pair of warm yoga clothes
Fleece top or some other warm top

OTHER EQUIPMENT
Sleeping bag (-10 to -20 degrees) - can be hired here
Torch light / headlamp with spare batteries
Pocket money (for water, snacks, drinks etc.)
Water bottle(s)
Personal medicines
Personal care items (Light Towel / Soap / Toothpaste / Toothbrush / Wet Wipes / Toilet Paper etc.)
30 SPF + Sunscreen & Lip Guard
Sunglasses
Warm hat, scarf & gloves
Flip-flops
Water purifying tablets
Few plastic bags – useful to separate clean/dry clothes from dirty/wet clothes
Money belt – to carry your cash and/or other valuables
One pair trekking poles (optional)
Camera with charger and spare battery